Indonesia vs Panasonic Indonesia, May 2013, Tax Court, Put.45162/2013

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In the case of Panasonic Indonesia the tax authorities had disallowed deductions for services and royalties paid for by the local company to the Panasonic Corporation Japan.

The tax authorities held that Panasonic Indonesia did not received the purported services and that the company should not pay royalty due to its status as a contracting manufacturer.

Judgement of the Tax Court

The Court decided predominantly in favour of the tax authorities.

The court found that Panasonic Indonesia had been unable to prove that actual ‘services’ had been received for an amount equal to 3% of net sales of all product manufactured and 1% of net sales for technical assistance and brand fees. Furthermore it was notet that Panasonic Indonesia reported consistent losses.

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